Gone, but not forgotten - pharaoh hound fanciers
Friends gone, but not forgotten

Gone, but not forgotten

I would like to dedicate this page with respect to basenji breeders, who are no longer among us - the reason being, 
that they may be gone, but far from forgotten

The first person that comes to mind in our breed is Veronica Tudor-Williams, in the photo carrying Kasui of the Congo,
native style (1938)  I had the pleasure of meeting this knowledgeable lady when I lived in England - and she was
worth listening to for sure with all her kind advice and words of wisdom. 

I also recall meeting Fula, a most beautiful basenji girl from Africa, and behind my very first basenji, St Erme Golden Kinglet
From the website of the Basenji Club of Great Britain 
"The 50th Anniversary of the Basenji Club in 1989 fell on the same day that Basenjis were being exhibited at Crufts Dog Show. This enables the Club to start celebrating the special year on the exact date of it’s formation, 9th February. Unhappily, on the eve of the Club’s Championship Show held on 5 August 1989, Miss Veronica Tudor-Williams died. She had served on the Committee in various capacities from the inaugural meeting and was elected President of the Club in 1960"

Video of Veronica and her basenjis in East Molesley, England 1954'

Photos of Veronica Tudor-Williams judging in Australia 1979

From left: Richard Avis, Margaret Christy-Davis & Elspet Ford, Taysenji 
Submitted from Jill Avis and sent by Geoff Sanders - Thank you very much 

Margareth lived a few miles from us  in Windsor, England and she was always there to help and got me started on ringtraining classes at the nearby village hall. I 
knew nothing about showing dogs and was glad for all the help I could get. After moving to Denmark I purchased Azenda Phuma and later
Azenda Lorelei from Margaret

From the website of the Basenji Club of Great Britain 
The first Basenji Club of Great Britain Open Show not held in conjunction with any other society show was in 1978. The show was held in Hemel Hempstead with
Miss Margaret Christy-Davies (Azenda) making her debut as a judge. There were 115 entries from 55 dogs.

Photos of Margareth judging in Australia in 1984

Elspet Ford had lived in Africa and brought the first black/white basenji to England, South African Champion
Taysenji Tahzu,  a pioneer in the breed.  (This male is in the pedigree of my first bl/w basenji)
Elspet was a fantastic help when I was looking for a new stud dog and this is how I came in touch with Susan Coe. The first male I purchhased was
Akuaba´s Vader Ryderwood and over the following 20 years, I purchased 4 males from Susan 

I sometimes met Elspet at shows either in New York, England or the World DogShow in Denmark 1989, where Elspet stayed with us and we also enjoyed
 the company of Susan Coe and her daughter, now living in Australia 

Inge Gerstenberg and her husband brought back from Liberia in 1971 what is to be known the first basenji in Germany: Liberias Poldi

Click on the photo to read more about Mrs Burkert

Mrs Berta Burkert showed an interest in the breed and bred the first litter in Germany in 1975 under the kennel name Casa d'Regina, being the first well known breeder in Germany

 Mrs Burkert was a very determined person and I recall her and her basenjis, most of the with dark muzzles, from the shows in Germany, always with a smile on her
face and a stern look in her eyes :-))   A very strong personality who did much for the breed and  founder of the German Basenji Club  on 7. July 1977 together with her son,
Karl-Heinz Burkert, Ruth Offlinger, Hanni Clement, Inge Gerstenberg, Siegfried Peter and the late Claus Weiss

* 4. March 1929  24. March 2004

Canadian website dedicated to Robert Cole

Jennifer Gielisse * 13. November 1951 † 11. August 2009

From the website of the Dutch Basenji Club
Jennifer was someone who did not walk away from any confrontation.
Because of her commitment to the breed, she was one of the main forces in getting
the brindle colour to be recognized within FCI.
The Basenji Club Netherlands shall miss her knowledge within the breed, particularly in her breeding program.
We will also miss the passion she has for the Basenji and the Club

I met Jennifer many years ago, before she bought  Fallohide Zindarella Liberty and  we kept in touch over the years and I was very
sad to loose a good friend - Rest in peace, dear Jennifer

30. October 2010
In the Rutland and Stamford Mercury was this obituary:
CARDEW Miriam St. Erme- (Mirre) died peacefully on Saturday 30th October 2010, aged 87. Darling
beloved wife of Tony, dearly loved mother of Marcus, Paul, Jeremy, Julian and Nicholas, grandmother and great grandmother.
 Funeral to be held at St. Andrews Church, Billingborough, Lincolnshire on Wednesday 10th November at 1.45 pm.

Knowing Mirrie was something special - I bought my first basenji from her in 1973 (St Erme Golden Kinglet) and met her
husband and several of her sons, as a few lived abroad 

Mirrie exported the first black/white to Sweden ( St Erme Legs Diamond) in 1977 and also judged the first
Basenji  Specialty in Sweden in 1981 & chose Beldams Black Dancing Dryand for Best in Show (black/white female)

4. October 2016
Today, Tony Cardew has been reunited with Mirrie

 23. May 2010
In memory of Mario Sbrana

About two months ago, Mario Sbrana, the great breeder and expert of basenji breed of the Kinzica basenji breeding of Pisa, departed this life. He is owner of two
ENCI affixes, for setter and basenji breeds and he is awarded of many important national and international prices.

His leaving was discrete, as he liked to live his life: but leave whole the Italian community of dog breeders with the big empty spaces of his t
hirty-yearly and over experience

Mario will remain forever inside my hearth: thanks to him and his passion and skill, I have came close to the superb breed of the Basenji.
Ciao Mario -  Luisa Ghetti

I met Mario Sbrana at some dogshows in Italy - last 1998, he was a very dedicated basenji breeder  & owner

Princess Antoinette of Monaco, who died in Monte Carlo on March 18, 2011 aged 90, was the eccentric older sister of Prince Rainier,
and aunt to Prince Albert and the Princesses Caroline and Stephanie. Princess Antoinette was very much a true lover of dogs.
She served as President of the Societé Canine de Monaco (the Monaco Kennel Club), Vice President of the Kennel Club,
and President of Monaco's Society for the Protection of Animals.

Throughout her life she was sustained by her love for
animals and soon after her brother came to the throne and created her Baroness de Massy, she moved in to
the Le Bout de Monde villa in Eze Sur Mere in 1951 and lived there, surrounded by dozens of
her pets (both dogs and cats) and of assorted rescue animals until she died.

Gerd Larsen Wedin, Norway  - one of the dearest friends I have had, finally gave up her fight against cancer on 27. June 2014
Gerd had so many good things that I would not know where to begin. She bred under the kennelname Matabichi with great success and was also
a talented painter

In Memory of
John Forbes  † 26. November 2015
Baagna basenjis, New South Wales

Is it with deep regret that Dogs NSW informs the dog world of the passing of John Forbes on Friday 27th November 2015, John was currently the Chairman
 of the Junior Handler  Working Party and also served as a Vice Chairman of Dogs NSW Board of Directors in 2007, he commenced his judging career in 1988 and
became an All Breeds Judge in 2005, John had a deep and loving relationship with Basenji’s and bred over 100 Champion Basenji’s both in Australia and Overseas.
There will be no funeral as John donated his
body to science but Dogs NSW have been advised there is a possibility of a memorial service for him with a view to holding it on the grounds at
Orchard Hills, we will keep members informed.
Rest in Peace - John Forbes

In Memory of
Les Siddal - † 4. January 2016
Yorkshire, England